Sports

Thu
13
Sep

"Tourism Council works on Joe Deloach statue location" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City Tourism Council members are working on approving an action plan for the location of the Joe Deloach statue.
   “The statue looks amazing,” said Bay City Tourism Director Heidi Martinez.
   “We’ve been tasked with choosing the statue’s location and picking the granite etching. We’d really love to get this downtown since we’re getting some seating around the base, too. We always need more seating downtown.”
   Martinez showed a mock-up bronze statue to the board so they knew what to expect.
   “The real statue will be about eight feet tall and cast in full bronze,” she added.
   “The base is projected to cost $12,000 so that we can have some seating around it. We want it to be located on the business-side of downtown, not the courthouse side.”
   Several options were mentioned including in front of the Matagorda County Museum and the corner of Ave. G and Sixth St. before the discussion was sent to the arts sub-committee.

Thu
13
Sep

"Bay City looks to get things right against Gregory-Portland" by: MIke Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat senior quarterback Dylan Davidson races around end for good yardage against Bellville last Friday night, Sept. 7, at Memorial Stadium.

   Bay City High School Blackcats will play a Gregory-Portland squad that’s 2-0 and fresh off a 26-22 win over Victoria East last Friday.
   Kickoff will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Ray Akins Wildcat Stadium, 4601 Wildcat Dr., in Portland.
   The District 15-5A-2 Wildcats started off the season with a 19-0 victory over Corpus Christi Carroll.
   Gregory-Portland is guided by senior quarterback Brian Hayek, who has thrown for 288 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in two games.
   The Wildcats’ leading rusher is junior running back Joe Sauceda who has 218 yards on the ground – a 109-yard average – and four touchdowns in G-P’s first two games. 
   Among the Wildcats he’s by far had most of the ball carrying.
   While Hayek isn’t a prolific passer, he’s hit six receivers who have double-digit catches.  

Thu
13
Sep

"Leopards’ stingy defense helps them slip past Wheatley" by: John Hoffman

   VAN VLECK – The Van Vleck Leopards used a stingy defense and timely offensive plays to defeat the Wheatley Wildcats 21-6 here Friday night, Sept. 7.
   With the win, Van Vleck moves to 2-0 on the season.
   “I was happy to get the win after a wild week,” said Leopard Head Coach Robert Blackmon. 
   “We didn’t get much practice in due to the holiday and weather, and it showed at times. But the kids held up and stayed after it, especially in the second half. It just proves how important practice is,” Blackmon commented.
   The Leopards wasted no time breaking in their new upgraded stadium by scoring on their first drive. 
   Van Vleck took the opening kickoff from their own 27-yard line and went to work. 
   Leopard running back De’Mitri Monroe got the bulk of the carries, busting off a 36-yard run to set Van Vleck up at the Wildcat 5-yard line. Monroe would take it up the middle on the next play for the score. 

Thu
13
Sep

"Rain cancels events" by: Jessica Shepard

   Due to inclement weather and a forecast featuring at least 80 percent chance of rain all weekend long, several events have been canceled and rescheduled for a later date.
   Serve Outdoors Matagorda’s annual fundraiser and banquet was scheduled for Friday and Saturday Sept. 14-15 but has been canceled and moved to next month.
   “Due to impending weather we will be rescheduling our fall Serve Outdoors Matagorda fundraising banquet to Oct. 26-27,” said Serve Outdoor Matagorda volunteer Clint Hewitt via Facebook Tuesday afternoon.
   “The safety of our community and our participants is our first concern. Mother Nature has her own plans and we must adapt. Mark your calendars for the new dates. Be safe my friends and keep an eye on the gulf. Look forward to seeing you there.”
   This year’s Relay for Life Matagorda County was set to kick off Saturday, Sept. 15 downtown, but has changed date with a venue to be determined at a later date.

Thu
06
Sep

Aristocat rhythm

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The Bay City High School Aristocats perform at last Friday’s opening season game between the Blackcats and the Cuero Gobblers at Gobbler Stadium. Bay City returns home this Friday night, Sept. 7, with a non-district matchup with Bellville at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m., but it’s Senior Night, so parking can be tricky.

Thu
06
Sep

"Blackcats fall to Cuero after hard-fought, 2nd half comeback" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat junior running back RJ Mitchell outraces Cuero defenders in Bay City game against the No. 6 Gobblers last Friday night. Mitchell had 130 yards rushing on 12 carries and a touchdown, plus three receptions for 75 yards and a score.

 Bay City Head Coach Patrick Matthews gathered the Blackcats together after they mounted a furious second-half comeback against the No. 6-ranked Cuero that came up short, 49-42, at Gobbler Stadium last Friday, Aug. 31.
   “Get your head up,” Matthews told his team. “Y’all ought to be proud.”
   The Blackcats trailed Cuero 34-14 at half and the Gobblers had scored on every first-half drive in a game that was Bay City’s first game of the season, but it was Matthews’ first as head coach.
   Just as senior quarterback Dylan Davidson had scored a 72-yard touchdown run on the first Bay City play of the game, junior running back RJ Mitchell returned the second-half opening kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown.
   The second half seemed to belong to Bay City, especially the fourth quarter. 
   The defense made stops, forced a fumble and Mitchell blocked a punt to set the Blackcats on the Cuero 9 and he scored from there.

Thu
06
Sep

"Leopards claw their way past Bulldogs" by: John Hoffman

 BOLING - The Van Vleck Leopards opened their 2018 football campaign similar to their playoff run last season, scoring on their first four drives, and then holding off a late Boling rally to win 40-27 last Friday night.
   “We got off to a great start,” said Van Vleck Head Coach Robert Blackmon after the game. 
   “We struggled some in the middle of the game with penalties and mental mistakes, but that is something we can work on and correct. I was proud of how our kids responded to the adversity and played hard to the end. A win is a win,” 
   Blackmon commented.
   Van Vleck’s offense took the opening kickoff and wasted no time reaching the end zone. 
   Senior running back De’Mitri Monroe – and recent University of Houston commit - showed the Bulldog defense why he is recognized as one of the area’s best athletes. 

Thu
30
Aug

Texas Dove Hunting Prospects Bright for Season Opener Sept. 1

   AUSTIN — Though Hurricane Harvey caused a significant drop in dove hunter effort and harvest numbers last year, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department expects the 2018-19 season to be back to normal. In Texas terms, normal means exceptional. 
   Opening day of dove hunting is Saturday, Sept. 1 statewide. For the third consecutive year, Texas dove hunters can look forward to a liberal 90-day season and 15-bird daily bag limits.   
      In addition, hunters in Texas’ South Dove Zone have the opportunity to hunt every weekend in September thanks to the Special White-winged Dove Days Sept. 1, 2, 8, and 9, combined with a Sept. 14 zone opener, the earliest in half a century.  Though hunting hours are limited to afternoons during the Special White-winged Dove Days (noon-sunset), hunters in the southern portion of the state are now able to take advantage of the earlier dates in which the majority of dove harvest in Texas occurs. 

Thu
30
Aug

Joe DeLoach statue almost done

Contributed photo
Mayor Mark Bricker traveled with Melony and Joe DeLoach last weekend to Tulsa, Okla., to meet with Artist Sandra Van Zandt to give a final approval the Olympian statue of Joe DeLoach, who won the gold in the 200m in 1988 Olympic Games. Above, Melony DeLoach makes her own changes to her husband’s statute that’s expected to be finished in the next 60-90 days. “I’m excited to get this statue in town. It will serve to remind us we can achieve great things with focus and determination,” Bricker said.

Thu
23
Aug

Blackcat scrimmages with Sweeny

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
Blackcat senior quarterback Dylan Davidson, left photo, looks for a receiver down field in a scrimmage against Sweeny in Memorial Stadium Friday, Aug. 17. Davidson was under the watchful eyes of Bay City coaches, including new head coach Patrick Matthews.

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